2013 NFL Draft Predictions: Teams That Must Draft WR to Contend

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2013

Jan 13, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) is sacked by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Vance Walker (99) during the third quarter of the NFC divisional playoff game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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You can't have a dynamic offense in the NFL without an effective passing game.

NFL teams can't rely solely on the running game to get by any longer, as evidenced by the fact that the teams that ranked near the bottom of the NFL in receiving offense in 2012 are no longer contending for the Lombardi Trophy this season.

The 2013 draft class isn't necessarily deep at wide receiver, but it does boast enough impact players to add depth to any NFL team.

Here are three contending teams who should look to draft wide receivers in the 2013 NFL Draft.


Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks had themselves quite a season, but I can't help thinking that it could have been more successful with another weapon for the rookie QB to utilize.

Seattle ranked 29th in receiving yards this season, as Sidney Rice led the team with just 50 receptions for 748 yards and seven touchdowns.

Golden Tate ranked second on the Seahawks, sporting 45 receptions for 688 yards.

I understand that Seattle is more of a run-happy squad with Marshawn Lynch pounding it on the ground, but drafting a wideout in the 2013 NFL Draft would provide the Seahawks' offense with more balance.

The future is undoubtedly bright in Seattle and adding another WR will only illuminate those lights even more.


Minnesota Vikings

Adrian Peterson can't do it all, can he?

While the Vikings definitely need to figure out who's going to be calling the plays under center, they also need to bring in someone to play alongside Percy Harvin.

Minnesota ranked dead last in receiving yardage in 2012, but Harvin had just 62 receptions for 677 yards because he only played in nine games.

The four-year wide receiver has dealt with a fair share of injuries since entering the league in 2009 and could use some help in the receiving game, as tight end Kevin Rudolph ranked second on the team with a mere 53 receptions for 493 yards.

The Vikings have the defense and running back to be a playoff contender. Now, they just need to build up the passing game through the draft and free agency.

Chicago Bears

I'm going to spare you guys any Jay Cutler jokes I may have up my sleeve, but the fact is that Cutler needs help in the passing game.

Chicago's 28th-ranked receiving offense needs more than Brandon Marshall, who went for 118 receptions, 1,508 yards and 11 TDs this season.

It's embarrassing that the Bears' second-leading receiver, Earl Bennett, had just 29 receptions for 375 yards.

Also, running back Matt Forte is going to wear down really quickly if he's consistently asked to lead the team in rushing and receiving each game—with the exception of Marshall, obviously.

Chicago was on the brink of a postseason berth this year, but came up just short when it mattered most.

Going after a speedy wide receiver in the draft who can actually catch (sorry, Devin Hester) to complement Marshall would be the best bet for the Bears.


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